Releases

NARP Releases, Statements & Letters

An archive of press releases, Congressional statements, letters to officials, and written testimony.

NARP Honors Senators Thune and Wicker for Support of Passenger Rail

Release #16-04

For Immediate Release (#16-04) Contact: Robert Brady – (202) 289-4001 Senators to Receive Golden Spike Award at Congressional Reception Who: U.S. Senator John Thune; South Dakota U.S. Senator Roger Wicker; Mississippi Jim Mathews; President National Association of Railroad Passengers What: Jim Mathews, President of NARP, a national advocacy group for rail passengers, will present Senators Thune and Wicker with the Golden Spike Award, given in recognition of individuals who have don

NARP Calls for Increased Funding, Transparency from D.C. Metro Following 29-Hour Shutdown

Release #16-03

For Immediate Release (#16-03) March 15, 2016 Contact: Robert Brady (202) 680-4951 Washington, D.C. – The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s decision to shut down Metro for 29 hours represents the agency’s desire to put safety first for passengers and the agency’s employees. However, it also represents an unstable environment, in which D.C.’s transportation system is constantly at risk of breaking down and putting passengers in harm’s way – highlighted by Monday

NARP Urges Federal Regulators To Reject Prioritization of Freight Over Passengers

Release #16-02

For Immediate Release (#16-02) Contact: Robert Brady (202) 289-4001 New Surface Transportation Board Policy Overreaches Federal Law and Would Cause Significant Passenger Delays Washington, D.C. – In written comments to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB), the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) strongly urged the administrative body to withdraw its new “Policy Statement” on implementation of preference provisions for freight railroads over passenger rail. NARP

NARP Comments to STB on Dispatching Preference Policy Statement

NARP to STB on Dispatching Preference

[Click here for PDF of statement, including charts] VIA E- FILING Ms. Cynthia T. Brown, Chief, Section of Administration Office of Proceedings Surface Transportation Board 395 E. Street, SW Washington, DC 20423 Re: Ex Parte 728: Policy Statement on Implementing Passenger Rail OTP and Preference Provisions of 49 U.S.C. § 24308(C) and (F) Dear Ms. Brown: The National Association of Railroad Passengers, the nation’s oldest and largest organization speaking for the nearly 40 million

NARP Urges Federal Regulators To Address On-Time Performance of Passenger Rail Service To Ensure No Passengers’ Needs Are Ignored

Release #16-01

For Immediate Release (#16-01) Contact: Robert Brady (202) 289-4001 Proposed rules ignore 24 states, will not monitor 90 percent of Amtrak network Washington, D.C. – In response to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) has urged the agency to address on-time performance (OTP) of passenger trains to avoid unnecessary delays, help continue record ridership nationwide, and ensure proposed

NARP Comments to STB on On-Time Performance Policy Statement

NARP to STB on On-Time Performance

[Click here for PDF of statement] VIA E- FILING Ms. Cynthia T. Brown, Chief, Section of Administration Office of Proceedings Surface Transportation Board 395 E. Street, SW Washington, DC 20423 Re: Ex Parte 726: On -Time Performance under Section 213 of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 Dear Ms. Brown: The National Association of Railroad Passengers, the nation’s oldest and largest organization speaking for the nearly 40 million Americans who rely on passen

Passengers Thank Amtrak President Joseph Boardman for His Service

Release #15-26

For Immediate Release (#15-26) Contact: Benet J. Wilson 443/838-7033 mobile WASHINGTON, D.C. —Following yesterday’s announcement that Amtrak President Joseph Boardman will be retiring effective September 2016, the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) issued a message of thanks and congratulations on his decades of service to the rail industry. NARP has worked with Boardman from his days as head of the New York State Department of Transportation, through his service as chief

Coalition Calls for National Day of Action on Nov. 13 to Advocate for Rational Transportation Funding

Release #15-25

For Immediate Release (#15-25) Contact: Benet J. Wilson 443/838-7033 mobile WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) is leading a coalition of rail groups taking part in a national day of action for passengers to ensure Congressional negotiators include passenger trains in talks to reconcile the Senate and House transportation bills. Organizations participating include the Colorado Rail Passenger Association, the Midwest High Speed Rail Association, the New

Passengers Applaud House's Restoration of Key Transit Rail Program, Defeat of Anti-Transit Amendments

Release #15-24

With House Bill Cleared, NARP Turns Attention to Successful Passage of DRIVE Act's Rail Title For Immediate Release (#15-24) Contact: Benet J. Wilson 443/838-7033 mobile WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) applauded the good judgment shown by members of the U.S. House of Representatives in voting today to restore flexibility and increase federal commitment to a key transit program, while overwhelmingly defeating three amendments that would have hurt

Iowa Pacific Holdings President Ed Ellis to Give Keynote at Railroad Passengers Meeting in Indianapolis

Ed Ellis to Give Keynote

MEDIA ADVISORY Who: Iowa Pacific Holdings Founder and President Ed Ellis What: Ellis will give the keynote address at the National Association of Railroad Passengers' Fall Meeting in Indianapolis. He will discuss Iowa Pacific’s passenger train service between Indianapolis and Chicago, along with prospective models for private company participating in passenger rail services. When: Saturday, October 17, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. Where: Crowne Plaza Union Station, Indianapolis. Victoria Station